Certificate III Painting and Decorating


Fast Facts

Become a qualified Painter.

Are you ready to get Trade qualified?
Got an eye for detail?
Is it time to start your own painting business?

Become a qualified finishing tradesperson! This hands-on painting course provides the practical skills to work as a painter and decorator in the commercial and residential construction sectors.

In this course you will learn the complete process of painting – from materials, tools, and equipment to types of surface coatings and, of course painting skills. You’ll gain the skills to apply wallpaper, spray paint, colour match, make decorative paint finishes, stain and work from trestle or plank platforms.

Why Bother?

  • Nationally Recognised Qualification
  • Trade-qualified Trainers who know their stuff
  • Hands-on experience in a practical environment
  • We come to you – no more classroom training!*

Job Prospects

Painter and Decorator

Study Mode

Blended delivery (online and workplace)

Next Intake

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Discover what it’s like to study Painting and Decorating.


I enrolled …to gain some practical experience in the construction industry. I enjoyed everything about it!”

Student Q&A: Jesse Krueger
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Course Structure

What you’ll learn

This painting and decorating course is a trade level qualification that gives you the skills, knowledge and experience to be competent and feel confident onsite. It is aimed at anyone looking to work on residential or commercial painting work.

Ways to study

Recognition of Prior Learning

Your experience adds up and you can use this to fast-track your qualification.  If you’ve got a tonne of industry experience this can be used to gain part or all of your qual.

Onsite Training

We like to think this is a bit of a game changer! Learn onsite, while you work. This means less time off the tools and more time focused on practical skills.


Get qualified while you earn! Apprenticeships are the best in to the industry for school leavers and a great way for long-timers to finally get qualified. Which one are you?

To achieve this qualification, you must demonstrate competency in 23 core units and 4 elective units.  Please refer below for the core units of competency and a sample of suggested electives:

Core Units

  • CPCCCM1012A- Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
  • CPCCCM1013A- Plan and organise work
  • CPCCCM1014A- Conduct workplace communication
  • CPCCCM1015A- Carry out measurements and calculations
  • CPCCCM2001A- Read and interpret plans and specifications
  • CPCCCM2003B- Calculate and cost construction work
  • CPCCCM2010B- Work safely at heights
  • CPCCOHS2001A- Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
  • CPCCCM3001C- Operate elevated work platforms
  • CPCCPB3026B- Erect and maintain trestle and plank systems
  • CPCCPD2011A- Handle painting and decorating materials
  • CPCCPD2012A- Use painting and decorating tools and equipment
  • CPCCPD2013A- Remove and replace doors and door and window components
  • CPCCPD3021A- Prepare surfaces for painting
  • CPCCCM2008B- Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding
  • CPCCPD3022A- Apply paint by brush and roller
  • CPCCPD3023A- Apply texture coat paint finishes by brush, roller and spray
  • CPCCPD3024A- Apply paint by spray
  • CPCCPD3025A- Match specified paint colour
  • CPCCPD3026A- Apply stains and clear timber finishes
  • CPCCPD3027A- Apply wallpaper
  • CPCCPD3028A- Apply decorative paint finishes
  • CPCCPD3031A- Implement safe lead paint and asbestos work practices in the painting industry

Suggested Electives

  • CPCCPD3029A   Remove graffiti and apply protective coatings
  • CPCCPD3030B    Apply protective paint coating systems
  • CPCCPD3034A   Apply advanced decorative paint finishes
  • BSBSMB406        Manage small business finances

This qualification meets one of the requirements for you to obtain a licence with your states regulatory body. Please consult with your local authority to ensure you are eligible and meet other criteria prior to commencing studies with us.

Painting and Decorating Licence

Scope of Work

  • Apply paint or other substance for protective, decorative or technical purposes, including colour matching
  • Apply texture coatings
  • Apply wall paper
  • Prepare surfaces for application of paint or other protective, decorative or technical materials
  • Incidental work of another class.

Note: this excludes applying cement render.

Qualifications Required

Any one of the following:

  1. Successful completion of either an apprenticeship in painting and decorating or the Certificate III in Painting and Decorating CPC30611.
  2. Successful completion of a course the authority considers is at least equivalent to a course mentioned above.
  3. A recognition certificate as a qualified painter and decorator;
  4. A qualification or statement of attainment of required competency for the class of licence

Managerial Qualification

Keen to get your trade contractor or nominee supervisor licence? After the completion of this qualification we recommend that you undertake an Approved Managerial Course for Trade Contractors. FTA delivers the approved managerial qualification BSBSMB401 Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business – ask us about this today!

Note: This information is sourced from QBCC website and is accurate as at April 2019 for QLD licence holders only. For more information please refer to QBCC.

  • Painter and Decorator
  • Painter
  • Business owner

The course duration will vary depending on your experience, skills and chosen study mode. As a guide:

  • Apprenticeship: Between 12 – 36 months depending on the type of apprenticeship and the apprentice’s ability
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): 3-6 months- this term may be extended by Funding Criteria, amount of RPL awarded and subsequent Gap Training required  – eligibility criteria apply
  • CSQ:
    • Program completion date is 20 September 2021 (for the Skills Assessment and Gap Training Program 2020/21 Contract).
  • Fee for Service: 3-12 months subject to the amount of RPL awarded and subsequent Gap Training required.

Your skills will be assessed through a mix of practical and theory tasks. Which is essentially showing us what you’ve learnt and how you do it.

Theory may be assessed Online or via Workbook. Practical Assessment will be conducted at your place of work or work site with fit for purpose facilities and equipment which are to be made available to your FTA trainer & Assessor for training and assessment purposes.

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Fee For Service

Fee For Service

Our flexible Fee For Service model accommodates individuals ready to start their qualification today while making ongoing, manageable payments.



CSQ is designed to give Building and Construction workers recognition for skills learnt on the job but for which they don’t currently hold a formal qualification.

User Choice

User Choice

User Choice aims to provide funding for apprentices, trainees and their employers aligned to the skill needs of industry and changing government priorities.

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Learner Support

Our trainers have years of hands on experience in painting, providing you with unparalleled access to first-hand industry knowledge throughout your course.

Limitless Learning

We believe that everyone should be able to learn in inspiring ways. That’s why we deliver training how you learn best plus, you get your own Learning Engagement Officer to support your progress through the course.

Recognised Qualifications

This painting course is nationally recognised, so you can work anywhere in Australia with confidence.